Trouble Shooting a Sewing Machine

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Seamstress Beth Bates demonstrates how to trouble shoot a sewing machine.

    Beth Bates: Hi, I am Beth Bates with sewteacher.com. Today, we are learning about how to use your sewing machine. In this particular clip, we are going to talk about some troubleshooting or if your machine is having some problems maybe some things you can try before you take it in to a sewing machine repair shop.

    Sometimes, if you are sewing and you hear your machine start to jam, maybe make a loud noise and gobs of thread are coming out, the first thing I recommend doing is to actually, pull your thread out and like the first clip, go ahead and just re-thread it. Sometimes it maybe might fall out of here or out of one of the many other loops. Alright, re-thread it. After you have done that, check your bobbin, that could be the issue too. Pull the thread, make sure it comes out smoothly, it's not getting caught up in something. Often times, you may just want to if your thread in the bobbin looks really messy and sloppy, you may want to actually rewind it, pull it, see if it comes out smooth.

    Another common problem is sometimes when people are sewing, the thread gets jerked at the needle and that is most likely that the needle is on backwards. You can check that by turning this little handle here. Gently take your needle out. Usually, in a needle there will be a slight notch. The slight notch needs to be pointed in the back. Make sure you always use the correct size needle for your machine. If you have recently switched out your needles, you may have a wrong needle in there which again, can throw off your timing.

    Also, if you have tried those three things and it is still not working properly, check and make sure that your needle, the tip isn't broken. If so, switch it out. Sometimes that will help. I recommend that you do not try to fix your sewing machine yourself even if you are really handy. This is a very delicate machine. The timing is very delicate. You may need to take it into a sewing machine repair man. Thanks so much. I hope you have learned a lot today about sewing machines and maybe I will see you again soon. Thanks so much.